A Family Divided by Obama and McCain

Can an Obama supporter stay close to a father who doesn't share her political views?

Illustration by Jon Krause for TIME

The last time my father and I voted for the same political candidate was in 1976, when we both supported Gerald Ford. Of course, my father's vote mattered more than mine at the time, given that he voted at the county courthouse, whereas I (a mere 7-year-old) was allowed to vote only in a mock election in Mrs. Amerghetti's second-grade class. Still, we were in alliance! I believed in Ford because my dad believed in Ford, and I worshipped my dad. I was rather surprised, then, to wake up on the morning of Nov. 3 and discover that my new President...

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